Grab a mission, find your target and assassinate them. Repeat. How long will you survive?
You walk into a massive space filled with people; bright lights and loud sounds grab your attention. Your eyes narrow as you scan the crowd searching for your prey. Suddenly a chilling sensation sweeps up your spine, you are being watched. You duck around a corner sneaking a quick glance over your shoulder and see... nothing. But you can’t shake the feeling that someone is hunting you.
Welcome to Assassins Ball, a social game played during PAX East 2013 in Boston, MA, March 22 - 24.
If you're not attending PAX East 2013 you will not be able to participate in the game but I welcome your feedback and support.
What is Assassins Ball?
The premise is simple: You are an assassin with a mission to find specific players and assassinate them, gaining prestige for each kill. As you assassinate players you take their mission as your own, ensuring you always have targets.
Your Kit and How to Play
Players can be identified by the large 3” button they wear. Each button is printed with a brightly colored shape on it that acts as an identifier for that player, a sticker below the symbol shows the emblem of your faction (You'll pick this in your backer survey). An example of the player button is shown below.
The button has both a standard pin-back and a clothing magnet to ensure that it stays on (Note: The example above does not show the clothing magnet). If you require a button without a clothing magnet please let me know. I'll be providing directions on where to wear the button so players can identify each other easily.
Stay on Target!
Your kit includes a mission that list a large symbol for a primary target, three smaller symbols for secondary targets, and one of five factions. An example of the mission card is shown below.
In addition to your mission, your kit also includes an assassination card and an intel card. Assassination cards are part of how kills are registered, you will receive one from every player you eliminate and will hand yours to the player who kills you.
Intel cards are a way to gain prestige even if you're eliminated! Each intel card gives a small amount of prestige to a player when registered. Use it, trade with another player, repeat.
When you find a player whose symbol matches your mission walk up, say “Hi”, and kill them. Just kidding, assassinating a player is primarily a verbal exchange. Players are encouraged to be creative but not to use prop weapons, do things that could be considered threatening, and above all don’t ruin someones fun.
Each kill can be registered online; primary targets are worth 250 points and secondary targets are worth 100. Matching the faction is optional but acts as a multiplier to the kill doubling a primary kill to 500 points and a secondary kill to 200 points.
Factions are powerful organizations who employ assassins to further their goals. Each faction has a specific theme and you will be able to ally yourself with one of them. The factions and their emblems are listed below.
Board of Backers
Every backer gets their name placed on the sites Board of Backers as thanks for helping bring Assassins Ball to PAX East 2013.
THE PROFESSIONAL, MR. AND MRS. SMITH, and SMOKIN' ACES tiers. Receive kit(s) with everything you need to play Assassins Ball at PAX East 2013.
Premium Kit Tiers
THE JACKAL, THE REPLACEMENT KILLERS, and THE BIG HIT tiers. Premium kits are limited reward tiers and contain a shiny button printed on clear acetate, a 1.5" art button for the kits faction and a Second Life pack.
The COLLATERAL tier is a premium kit tier with an additional reward for a custom painted faction-themed Reaper miniature paint by Jerry Gundry.
The HITMAN tier is a premium kit tier with an additional reward to have your likeness as a faction assassin illustrated by Micah Kaneshiro. Some examples of Micahs work are shown below.
Second Lives - $3
Second lives are a second chance to play. They can be used only once and when used create a second score for your new life that starts at zero (Your previous lifes' score is preserved on the sites leaderboard).
Each second life packet contains a new Mission and Assassination card. Each pack has a ReLife card with a code to register online to start your second life. Premium kits automatically receive a Second Life kit, other backers can add a second life for $3 per kit in their pledge.
Custom-painted Miniatures - $40
Receive a custom-painted faction themed miniature painted by Jerry Gundry. Pick a faction and work with Jerry as he paints a miniature that will liven your tabletop experience!
Faction Illustration - $225
Receive a 11" x 14" print of your likeness as an assassin of a factionof your choice, illustrated by Micah Kaneshiro! This illustration will also be used on the PhenixOne Entertainment site for Assassins Ball, making you a permanent part of the game!
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This is the eighth Assassins game I'll run but the first using a new process that sources professionally printed materials from various vendors and printshops as opposed to printing the majority of the kit materials myself.
This will make kit assembly and shipping easier than previous games but any delay in receiving materials can hold up the entire process. To make sure that everything is ordered in time to prevent those issues I've verified turnaround & shipping times for all the materials sourced to determine when orders need to be made and whether they need to be rushed to arrive on time.
I've put this information into a Google Docs spreadsheet and will update it as material orderss are placed. Use the link below to view it and watch our order progress!
Yes you can! Back whichever reward level you'd like and specify in the backer survey that you are outside of the U.S. We will contact you shortly before the show to setup a meeting place to hand deliver your kits to you.
If you need to another kit to your pledge that doesn't match with the preset reward tiers (1, 2, 5) adjust your pledge by adding $5 per kit (10 kit maximum per pledge). You will be able to specify any extra kits in your pledge in the backer survey. Premium kits cannot be added in this way.
You'll be able to select the faction for your kit(s) through the backer survey that will be sent out when the project ends (There will be a field specifically for selecting your faction).
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Feb 6, 2013 - Mar 3, 2013 (25 days)
Pledge $1 or more
BACKER BOARD MEMBER: Your name will be immortalized on our sites Board of Backers for your help in bringing Assassins Ball to PAX East 2013! (All pledges will receive this.)Estimated delivery: Mar 2013
Pledge $5 or more
THE PROFESSIONAL: Receive one kit containing everything needed for you to play Assassins Ball at PAX East 2013 in the faction of your choice.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013Ships within the US only
Pledge $7 or more
50 backers All gone!
THE JACKAL [PREMIUM]: Receive one premium kit containing everything needed for you to play Assassins Ball at PAX East 2013 in the faction of your choice.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013Ships within the US only
Pledge $10 or more
MR. AND MRS. SMITH: Receive two kits containing everything needed for you and a friend to play Assassins Ball at PAX East 2013 in the factions of your choice.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013Ships within the US only
Pledge $14 or more
25 backers All gone!
THE REPLACEMENT KILLERS [PREMIUM]: Receive two premium kits containing everything needed for you and a friend to play Assassins Ball at PAX East 2013 in the factions of your choice.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013Ships within the US only
Pledge $25 or more
SMOKIN' ACES: Receive five kits containing everything needed for you and four friends to play Assassins Ball at PAX East 2013 in the factions of your choice.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013Ships within the US only
Pledge $35 or more
5 backers All gone!
THE BIG HIT [PREMIUM]: Receive five premium kits containing everything needed for you and four friends to play Assassins Ball at PAX East 2013 in the factions of your choice.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013Ships within the US only
Pledge $50 or more
0 backers Limited (10 of 10 left)
COLLATERAL [PREMIUM]: Receive two premium kits containing everything needed for you and a friend to play Assassins Ball at PAX East 2013 in the faction of your choice (Delivery: Mar 2013). Receive one custom painted and themed Reaper miniature for the faction of your choice.Estimated delivery: May 2013Ships within the US only
Pledge $250 or more
0 backers Limited (10 of 10 left)
HITMAN [PREMIUM]: Receive five premium kits containing everything needed for you and four friends to play Assassins Ball at PAX East 2013 in the faction of your choice (Delivery: Mar 2013). Receive one 11" x 14" print of your likeness as a assassin in the faction of your choice drawn by Illustrator Micah Kaneshiro. This illustration will be used on our site and other printed materials, making you a permanent fixture in the Assassins Ball world!Estimated delivery: Apr 2013Ships within the US only